Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student:

- knows principles of optical and electron microscopy, and failure analysis

- is able to prepare metallographic samples, do hardness measurements, and analyse microstructures using optical microscope

- is able to produce, analyse and report own results

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2020 - 05.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Risto Ilola

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Risto Ilola

Contact information for the course (valid 11.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Risto Ilola. Responsible teacher. Contact:, 0504005318.

Laura Tiainen. Microscopy, sample preparation. Contact:, 0504331028.

Kim Widell. Hardness measurement, heat treatment. Contact:, 0504330218

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assignments on heat treatments, metallographic characterization, and failure analysis of metal alloys.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course consists of introductory lectures and practical assignments. Assignments include guided practical work in laboratory, independent analysis of results and reporting.
    Assignment topics are metallography basics, hardenability of steels, stainless steels, and
    failure analysis. After each assignment, results will be presented by students/working groups and discussed.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Evaluation is based on the assignments.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Reporting of assignments. Presentation and analysis of results, and
    conclusions.  Quality of metallographic samples and micrographs. Activity on the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, laboratory work, independent work, total 135 h.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Lectures 10 h, laboratory work 20 h, independent work (literature review, analysis of results and reporting) 105 h. 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be announced on the course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Literature for the assignments is announced in correspondent instructions.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    MEC-E6001 Engineering metals and alloys, or equivalent knowledge.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    All lectures will be held remotely (Zoom).

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Timetable of the course is presented at the course front page.